We all need energy. It’s important for us to stay healthy and fit and to accomplish the many tasks we must complete throughout each day. Many of us are parents, work full time and have full time duties keeping the household going. Regardless of what your lifestyle is, it’s important to do anything you can to stay healthy and fit. Energy is needed in order to complete this task. Certain foods can help promote energy throughout the day, so incorporating them into your daily eating habits will help produce the energy you need to complete your day.
Start out by eating a healthy amount of oatmeal for breakfast. It’s packed full of good fiber, which your body also needs. Fiber allows your body to get a steady stream of energy throughout the day, whereas other foods that are high in carbohydrates only give your body so much energy before it crashes. Vitamin B is also good for reducing stress and producing energy and oats are high in vitamin B.
If you don’t want to eat a bowl of oatmeal for breakfast (although, I would suggest eating one cup of steel cut oats flavored with real maple syrup and brown sugar as a healthy beginning to your day), you can also look into breakfast cereals that are high in fiber, whole grain breads and brown rice.
Water is essential for boosting energy. Our body needs a lot of water throughout the day and if we don’t drink enough water we can become run down and dehydrated. You should be drinking at least 6 to 8 glasses of water a day. Keep in mind that if the water is colder, your body will also be burning more calories, which can help with weight loss. Water is essential for your body to digest your food, absorb and transport nutrients. If you don’t like to drink straight water, try drinking decaffeinated herbal teas sweetened with honey.
Chocolate is also a great energy booster. Not only does it taste good and does it promote feelings of happiness, but it can improve anemia, awaken the appetite and aid digestion. Some people find eating a small piece of chocolate after a meal is helpful for digestion.
Meats like turkey, chicken and steak are also good for increased energy levels (although, be careful eating too much turkey as it also can promote sleepiness if you eat too much). Steak is good because it helps promote iron in the body. If the body is deficient in iron, it will become fatigued and low on energy.
Include healthy fats in your diet such as almonds, avocados and olive oil (in other words, eat plenty of pesto on whole wheat pasta for a healthy and energy boosting meal).
Finally, yogurt can also help boost energy. It can also help an individual lose weight (eating just one yogurt a day can help trim down your waistline).